Priests Retirement Trust Fund
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On the weekend of September 22-23, the Diocese of Manchester takes up its annual collection in support of the Priests Retirement Trust Fund. The Diocese of Manchester currently has 37 retired priests, many of whom continue to serve us by assisting in parishes and institutions, as their age and health allows.
The parish priest is someone who has always been there for us and is part of every Catholic family. They share with us the most important memories of our lives, from moments of sadness, like wakes and funerals, to our times of joy, such as weddings and the sacraments of initiation. They are the ones who have forgiven our sins, challenged us to live the Gospel, and stood at the altar every Sunday to bring us closer to our Lord. Our priests have always been there to help us, and this weekend we ask you to be there for them.
The Fund helps the diocese care for our retired priests, assuring that that they have support and assistance after their active ministry has ended. If you’ve never given before, I ask you to prayerfully consider being as generous as you can, within what your means and circumstances allow. And if you’ve given in the past, we hope you can do so again—and maybe add a little extra to help us keep up with the rising cost of living. Your donation, along with those from parishioners throughout New Hampshire, will help us to assist in maintaining the dignity of our older priests’ retirement and to honor their lives of service.
I thank you for your past support of the Priests Retirement Trust Fund, and I ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to this special collection again this year. The diocese is committed to caring for our retired priests, but we need your help to do so. Please pray for them, and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. I ask God to bless you for your faithfulness and I thank you for all you do for our Church and our priests.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci
Bishop of Manchester
Being There for Us
Our priests have touched our lives so many times over the years. From our introduction to the Church in Baptism to the final commendation of our souls to God, our parish priests bless our lives and our families. In times of joy and sorrow, our parish priest stands as a sign of God’s love and the symbol of the Catholic community that we share. Many of these men have been there for us for more than 40 years.
After serving for many years, a priest can seek retirement around the age of 70. Even in retirement, however, many priests continue to assist in our parishes by celebrating Mass and helping out our pastors. To recognize and honor their life’s commitment, the Church in New Hampshire has the Priests Retirement Trust Fund which provides a modest stipend each month for our retired priests. This stipend enables our retired priests to be assured that they can continue to lead a life of dignity. We need your help today to support New Hampshire's retired priests.
Your Support Makes a Difference
Last year was the ninth annual collection for this fund and parishioners gave generously, with gifts totaling more than $239,000. The need continues this year. Currently we have 41 priests who are supported by this fund. When you contribute to the Priests Retirement Trust Fund, your gift goes toward helping currently-retired priests as well as to make sure we can provide for those priests who will be retiring in the years to come.
Prayer for Priests
Please join us in praying for our priests, both retired and active:
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls
on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom,
understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps
of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow
them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become
instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus
Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.
Questions about the diocesan Priests Retirement Fund? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or write or call Bevin Kennedy, Cabinet Secretary, Development and Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 663-0136.